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Singer Denise Johnson dies aged 56
27 July 2020, 18:52
Singer Denise Johnson, best known for her guest vocals on Primal Scream's album Screamadelica, has died aged 56.
The much-loved Manchester singer, who also performed with New Order, was set to release her debut acoustic solo album in September.
A statement from her family said Johnson "died suddenly" and had been "ill in the week prior to her death, but told friends she was 'much better' on Friday".
Very sad news 💜 love and prayers to Denise’s family and loved ones. Rest in Power Denise Johnson x pic.twitter.com/qsAKN6yqL1— simone marie (@simonemarie4) July 27, 2020
Tributes flooded in from fellow musicians including The Stone Roses vocalist Ian Brown, DJ Erol Alkan and The Chemical Brothers' Ed Simon.
Fellow singer Rowetta wrote: "Sad sad news today. I have so many great memories of Denise from when we were young.
"We just used to sing & laugh like naughty schoolgirls all the time. A great loss to Manchester and music.
New Order are devastated to hear the sad news that Denise Johnson has passed away. She was a beautiful person with a huge talent. Her voice graced many of our albums and live shows and that of our friends. We will miss her dearly. pic.twitter.com/9elTLCiHG8— New Order (@neworder) July 27, 2020
"My condolences to her family & loved ones."